Abilene Reporter News, September 20, 1974

Abilene Reporter News

September 20, 1974

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - September 20, 1974, Abilene, Texas gfottene "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron D4TII YEAR NO. 95 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 20, PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS Price 15 Cents Associated Prest (VP) HE Slower Front Ups Rain Chance Uy ELLI1C RUCKER Soap Suggested As Cause of Reaction Q. Is Hie city varying Hie chemicals used in our water from week to week or arc llicy usinj; stronger chemicals some weeks (him" others? If so, which chemical is is il lhat varies? I think I'm allergic to something in the water awl I'm trying (o figure out if my allergy coincides with something changing hi the water. A. City Water Superintendent Bill Weems thinks you're gelling a reaction from too much soap, llubbard water is harder tlian Phantom water; more soap is necessary to work up a healthy lather in hard water. The last three or four weeks, Hie mix lias heen half and half llubbard and Phanlom water. Before, it was one- third llubbard, two-thirds Phantom. With all the rain lately, the city will probably quit using llubbard water, 'altogether. The water will be softer, Lhus less chlorides, less chlorine and less soap'required (o bailie. It could Ire the chlorides you're reacting to or the fact that more chlorine is used with Hubbari water. Q. An eyesore on Chestnut St. just past the corner of S. lllh needs (o he condemned. Il's an old house in disre- pair. I've tried repeatedly to get something done to no avail. Can you tlo something'.' A. No, not much because at Ihe moment the city isn't condemning property. The city attorney says the city doesn't have the proper equipment for tearing down the old buildings and won't have until and unless the city fathers decide to purchase n piece of machinery costing approxi- mately There is only one man in Abilene who has tins kind oC equipment and he's swamped with requests to demo- lish old buildings. So.. .until there's some way to remove the buildings, the city isn't condemning. Q. I've been reading complaints about merchandise received (or not received) from mail order catalogs. I'm fixing to order some things from Spencer and Sunset House. Can I he reasonably sure of receiving the mer- chandise or arc these linns unrelia- ble? A. Those two are in good .standing witli the Better Business Bureau. BBB files in- dicate holh have a record of reliable busi- ness performance and both have been in business for years and years. Of course you know, any company handling thou- sands of orders a day can occasionally foul up and now and then tlio U.S. Mail lias been known to misplace a parcel or two. Q. IVhy is the Sunday TV Tab so Inaccurate? We were looking forward (a seeing MASH Saturday night and all we gol was news. What is KTXS- TV's excuse? Are we, being rooked by the cahle people for our a month? Hie Sunday TV Tab goes to press Thursday. KTXS called our TV Editor Thursday afternoon, said instead of the movie MASH, they were showing The Wai- tons' two hour premier show because they'd had so many calls for it. Since the lab'had already gone to press, it couldn't be changed. It's all very confusing, but KDFW, Channel 4, Dallas, showed MASH Friday night and if you're on cable you could have seen il then. KDFW is shown on channel 10 on the cable. Q. Some of us wnnl to send former President Nixon telegrams but we were told by a Western Union opera- tor (hat since we could not furnish his sired address they could not guaran- tee delivery. I (ricrf, without success, to find a slrecl address in San Clcnicnte. Can you conic up with it? A This is incredible, since we're talking aboiit what once was Ihe Western White House Western Union should have no trouble locating Nixon in San Clements. The three Western Union operators we talked to said, "Of course, just San Clcni- cnle is sufficient. The office out there will know exactly whal to do with il." After ;i lengthy scavcli, we understand why yon didn't find bis street address. We didn't cither and apparently he doesn't have one. Address questions lo Aclion Line, Box 30, Abilene, Texas 79601. Names Mill not be used lint qneslions must be signed and addresses given. Please, in- clude telephone numbers if possible.__ lly JOK DACY 11 Reporter-News Staff Wrilcr An additional 1.97 inches of rain in Abilene and thunder- storm activity lo the south- west of the cily has csused a flash flood watch to be issued for Friday, forecasters at the National Weather Service said. Weatherman Frank Cannon said an approaching cold front has slowed down since it blew into northern Texas Thursday night. Because its rate has de- creased the probability of iviu from lhal system has in- creased, he said, adding to the chance that Abilene could again'be flooded by runoff wa- ters. CANNON SAID Friday morning that weather radar was picking up showers all over the Big Country, but Ural the heaviest of iliem was right where they shouldn't be southwest of Abilene. This concentralion of thun- derstorms was moving toward the city, and cily officials have said rainfall over a sub- stantial part of the Elm Creek watershed could cause more flood waters. "Since the lake (Abilene) is full any water lhal comes on the entire watershed will come down Elm Creek through Ihe said city engineer John Conely friday morning. "Anytime we get, say, an inch an hour over a substan- tial part of the watershed then we become eh added. Concly stressed lhat rainfall within the city would probably do little more than flood the streets and added that il was misleading 'To judge flood conditions by what was tailing the window." But. whether the surging, brick-colored water from Kim Creek again threatens Abilene homes and businesses depends entirely on the rainfall pat- tern. CANNON SAID Ihe cold front is due in somtfime Friday evening the reason for the flood watch and the high probability of rain. Bui once the front passes through the area, skies should clear as Abilene comes under the domination of the high pressure system which pushed the front through, Cannon said Thursday. City water superintendent BUI Weems said Friday thai Lake Fort Phantom is quickly filling to capacity, S8 per cent full as a.m. Friday. "Phantom is definitely going lo fill up. We are cutting the pumps (from Ihe Clear Fork of the Brazos) this morning. All the streams around here are still ho reported. Lake Kirby is not expected to fill, he added, because the watershed which feeds il is not as large as the one which Jills 121m Creek. The filling of Lake Fort Phanlom will not cause Ihe cily any problems, he said, be- cause il goes over its spillway at its northern end. Hainfall totals are now ap- proaching the normal for the entire year, Cannon said. To- tal rainfall this year has been 23.08 inches with the annual average set at 23.59 inches, he said. Total for the month, mosl of it since Sunday, is 8.63. INDIVIDUALLY, Weems said, Ihe lakes look like this: Phantom gain since 8 a.m. Thursday, 4 billion gal- lons; total gain, il.S billions; feel below spillway, 2.4; lolal foolage gained, 3.6 since a.m. Thursday, per cent of capacity, 88. Abilene over the spillway 2.6 feel; per cenl of capacity, 117. Kirby gain since S a.m. Thursday, IM million lolal gain, billions; feet below spillway, 3.6; lotaS fool- age gained, ,50 since 8 a.m. Thursday; per cent of capaci- ty, 63 per cent. The lakes are 1C! per cent of capacity in the combined to- Weems said. During the summer they had been as low as 32 per cent of capacity. Lake llubbard, near Bretk- enridge, which is a- standby supply of water for Abilene, gained 652 million gallons of water since S a.m. Thursday, district water superintendent Victor Jaeggli said Friday. In all llubbard has gained 17 billion gallons, 5.5 feet of war ter since Thursday morning. II is 65 per cent of'capacily'and 8.5 feet below spillway level, he said. Abilene has used more lhan half a billion gallons of. Hub- bard water since mid-sunimcr, he added. Officials Watch Rainfall Warily Tlain fell all night over Jones County but the Hooding lhat was feared did not result. Sheriff Woodrow Simmons said Friday morning thai an- other 1.5 inches of rain fell on Ansbn during the night- He said the fields were full of water and Clear Fork of the Ilrazos wss miming deep but had. not overflowed' its banks. A flash flood warning was in effect in Taylor and Jones counties. Shackelfovd County Sherilf WHERE IT RAINED Ben Jack Rilcy said the Clear Fork of Ihe Brazos, had not gone over ils-banks there ei- ther bul he said he will be watching il during Ihe day. Weather forecasters Wednesday predicted lhat the river might overflow Friday morning at Fort Griffin in northeastern Shackelford County. IULEY SAID Tlvtirsday thai four families live hear Fort Griffin and might have to be moved if the river did over- How. Kiley said Friday morning lhat was across some roads in the county last night and thai flares were put out on one farm to market road. Albany's water supply. Lake the first time Friday, Riley said. But he added 'that tliere was enough spillway lo.handle Ihe water. A ligntTain in Ballingcr dur- ing the night was not enough spillway to handle the water. A' light rain, in BalMger dur- ing-the .night was not enough lo cause Ihe Colorado River to' overflow. Serv- ice in Lubbotk TTrorsdjv pre- dicted that the river wjuto crest at noon Thursday in Hal- linger. BUT JANICE A marine, clerk-dispatcher in the police department, said -Friday morning lhat the river went down instead. "Everything looks okay to- was running mu lor sne.saia. -JPiRf' Unhappy Ending Robert Cliapdelaine, 19, of Sacrameiito, CaliL, displays the letter that resulted Municial Airport 1.97 8.50 Total for Year 23.08 Normal for Year 17.97 2310 N. Mockingbird 1.50 11.21 1026 Cedar 1.50 R.80 701 K 80 1 50 11 Fifi Toll Put at 200 in his going into the U. S. Air Force instead of the California Highway Patrol, where he wanted to be. He said Ihe Highway Patrol letter telling him lo report for his oral exam was lost in the mail for a year and just arrived. Abilene .33 8.08 Lake Phantom Hill 1.72 (AP) Re- Hurricane Center said ifs duced lo a tropical storm, winds had dropped lo 60 Hurricane Fifi headed into ni.p.h. and ''it is expected to the meantime, he became an airman. Now lie wants out. (AP Kirby 1.10 Mexico today leaving gradually lose, identity later -2.10 least BO dead in northern today as it continues westward .30 8.71 BALLINGER .30 into southern Mexico." Honduran National .30 3.90 BRECKENHIDGK 4.72 Lake Hubbard .40 9.89 CLYDE 1.20 10.6i COLEMAN 0 1.16 KASTLAND 0 Committee said 1 17F1 TTI F Tl ham radio reports that could 11 f, 14 1 11 f ti not be continued indicated 1 f ohniil 'tm nm-cnnsi irora U-'- DEfAHTMENT OF COW.MEUCI aooui iw pci sons were KIIICO Notion wtamer 01' nliSSintr (Wealncr Pg. ui ABILENE AND VICINITY (IB-mlli __ A NAxtl llOdj -V.'OtCh Is ford Wants Funds .71 of the dead reported lor lojay. Mosiiy crowd- WASHINGTON1 (A P) million in fiscal 1975, by spending in future years 1.00 Y.40 KNOX CITY .50 ill Honduras, which the Ainu J( -mum i and' hurricane lashecl on Thursday tSSi'lS-i Presidcnl Ford, acling under move llian billion in fiscal yond Ihe 1976 220 HO-mile-an-hOUr ynrlowe hcmmiw a new budget and impound- 197G and even the larger "Budgetary restraint 0 ._ Iff lo 15 mpn. Kfgtr fooay In Ir.e mid 703. and gUSlS Mp 10 143 lll.p.b. Lav; in ins ISK. VII5H Solur- r.icnt control iiskccl Con- amounts in fiscal 1977 and be- mains a crucial factor in 1.00 stonn slammed into Be- S'.J? c" pfi d (fnmiprlv RrilisTi Hnndu- and 70 pcf crnl on SnlunJoy. gross today Ip defer or rescind yond. efforts to bring inflation -v't 4.3U SNYDER -63 UOinienj BllllSn JlOnOU Wqn ond lor U hours ending T rasl on Thursday mehl and at o.m am IA. billion in federal budget some of the authorizations Ihe President said .70 _iL H gh ord some oil ytaf: 4? midnight was over north ccn- ondw authority as an essential slcp involved -call for continuous the .70 Tho 5unri5t SUrtMl tonifitil: irul LiUdlCmaia. 1 He lUianil sunrisa lomerrow: holding down inflalion. In a message to Congress, the President said this was Ihe first of a series of deferrals and proposed revisions he will prop'isc. Viiluatly all of these initial actions were anticipated in the lisual year 1975 budget scut to Congress by President liich- ard M. Js'isou, Ford said. Fis- cal year 1975 began July 1. The release of these funds now, Ihe While Mouse said in a fact sheet, would increase government spending by about Price Surge at 12-Month High Flood Insurance Largely Ignored As the threat of flood- ing continues to hang over Abilene, city officials point- ed out that federal flood in-- surance has been available to homeowners here since 1969 but (hot only about 100 hove laken advantage of it See story and map, Pg. IB. NEWS INDEX Amusements 5B Bridge 7A Business Mirror...........5A Classified..............2-9D Comics................ 5C EdilOrrols 4A Horoscope 2B Hoipilol Palicnls......... 3A Ohittiorics To Your Good Health Travel TV Leg TV Seoul Women's 8.9A MC 10D 5B SB 33 WASHINGTON (API -Con- sumer prices soared 1.3 per cent in August as sharp in- creases in costs of meats, clothing, mortgage interest and medical services led the biggest inflationary surge of the past 12 months, the gov- ernment reported today. The leap in retail prices, which works onl lo an adjust- ed annual rale of 15.6 per cent, was foreshadowed by near record wholesale price increases over the past two months and virtually assures continued high inflalion through 1974. President Ford's lop eco- nomic advisers tad said Thursday that the economy would remain sluggish at leasl through mid 1Et75 with no fore- seeable relief in inflation ex- pected in the next six lo nine months. The August increase lifted consumer prices 11.2 per cenl above a year ngo and further eroded Ilia Inlying power o( American workers. Heal spendable earnings that is, lake-home pay after deductions for taxes and ad- justed for inflation fell nine-lenlhs of a per cent lasl month lo a level 4.1 per cenl below a year ago, Ihe Labor Department said. Thai was Ihe lowesl level since Decem- ber 1970. Detailing ils price reporl, the Labor Department said Americans paid more for nearly everything last monlli with few exceptions. Among fresh vegetables, poultry, fish and some nonfood Hems, in- cluding gosoline which de- clined for Ihe first lime since In a related development, Chairman Arthur Burns of the Federal Reserve Hoard told financial lenders nllcmling one of President Ford's prcsmn- mit mcelinijs on the economy lhal Ihere would be mi further ligMcntng ot the monetary policy lhal hns led to record high interest rales. Burns said, however, there probably would not be a major decline in interest rales although sonic small decline is possible Ihe immediate Iiilurc. The Consumer lYicc Index jump signaled a half billion dollar increase in pension ben- efits for federal government rclirccs and military person- nel whose retirement benefits arc adjusted to account for in- creases in the cost ol living. The 1.3 per ccni rise in con- sumer prices last month, both adjusted and unadjusted, fol- lowed an eight-tenths of a per cont increase in .Inly and was the biggest one month rise re- ported since retail prices rose 1.9 per cent lost August fol- lowing the lifting of Ihe gov- ernment's price freeze. Food prices were reported up 1.4 pet cenl in August fol- lowing a decline of foiir-tentlis of a per cenl Ihe previous month. The cost of services rose 1.1 per cenl last monlli, about Ihe same us in the three previous months. Commodities other than iood regarded by mosl economists as a more sensitive barometer of infla- tion rose l.o per cenl last month, the largest increase on record. The government said gro- cery prices were up 1.5 per cent in August, a monlh ill which they usually decline. Higher prices for beef and eggs the first since Febru- ary were much larger than usual, while prices of poultry and fresh fruHs increased in- stead of declining seasonally. Nearly all other fond items continued to rise, including cereal and bakery products, processed finds and vegeta- bles, sugar and nonal- coholic beverages and parlial- ly prepared foods. The government siiid the big rise in uontooil items was due mostly lo higher clothing prices, which usually decline in August. Used car prices also rose mil at a "considera- bly smaller" rate than in re- cent months while the price of new cars increased slightly in- stead of decluiing as they usually do al the end of Ihe model year. The reporl said gasoline prices declined eight-tenths of a per cenl in Augusl lo a U.S., average of 55.4 ccnls gal-' Ion for regular. Tne avsrage price for premium was listed as down six-tenths ot a per cent to 50.1 cents per gallon. More than a fourth of Ihe increase in service costs was attributed to a rise in mort- gage interest rates. Medical care rose 1.5 per cenl lait month and the costs of most olhcr services from homo repairs to utility rales, also increased sharply. The August price increase lilted Ihe government's Con- sumer Price Index to 150.2, meaning that il cost 315.0'i In buy a variety ot goods and services lhat. cosl (in In 1967 base period, ;